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Sophie's Choice (1982)

R | | Drama, Romance | 4 March 1983 (USA)
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Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live with Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust.

Director:

Alan J. Pakula

Writers:

William Styron (based on the novel: "Sophie's Choice" by), Alan J. Pakula (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Meryl Streep ... Sophie
Kevin Kline ... Nathan
Peter MacNicol ... Stingo
Rita Karin Rita Karin ... Yetta
Stephen D. Newman Stephen D. Newman ... Larry
Greta Turken Greta Turken ... Leslie Lapidus
Josh Mostel ... Morris Fink
Marcell Rosenblatt Marcell Rosenblatt ... Astrid Weinstein
Moishe Rosenfeld Moishe Rosenfeld ... Moishe Rosenblum
Robin Bartlett ... Lillian Grossman
Eugene Lipinski ... Polish Professor
John Rothman ... Librarian
Joseph Leon Joseph Leon ... Dr. Blackstock
David Wohl ... English Teacher
Nina Polan Nina Polan ... Woman in English Class
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Storyline

Sophie is the survivor of Nazi concentration camps, who has found a reason to live with Nathan, a sparkling if unsteady American Jew obsessed with the Holocaust. They befriend Stingo, the movie's narrator, a young American writer new to New York City. But the happiness of Sophie and Nathan is endangered by her ghosts and his obsessions. Written by Reid Gagle

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Between the innocent, the romantic, the sensual, and the unthinkable. There are still some things we have yet to imagine.

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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Parents Guide:

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Trivia

In a disclaimer paragraph at the end, the only character who was not fictitious was Rudolf Hoess, which was the name of the actual commandant at Auschwitz. See more »

Goofs

During the "Choice" scene, Sophie refers to the officer as "Hauptmann." The SS had different rank designations, separate from the Wehrmacht. The correct rank designation would be "Hauptsturmfuehrer," evident by his collar tab. This title is, however, equivalent to "Hauptmann" (Captain) in the Wehrmacht Heer. See more »

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[first lines]
Narrator: It was 1947, two years after the war, when I began my journey to what my father called the Sodom of the north, New York. They called me Stingo, which was the nick name I was known by in those days, if I was called anything at all.
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Alternate Versions

CBS edited 12 minutes from this film for its 1986 network television premiere. See more »

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Referenced in Rookie Blue: Heart & Sparks (2011) See more »

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Voices of Spring, Op.410
(1882)
Written by Johann Strauss (as Johann Strauss)
Recorded for the film
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The performance of a lifetime
25 November 2004 | by citizen813See all my reviews

Although achingly literary at times, moments of true emotional power are rendered by fluid storytelling, Nestor Almendros's haunting cinematography, Marvin Hamlisch's quietly effecting score, a touching performance by Peter MacNichol, and a seminal performance by Meryl Streep; one that Kim Stanley (the celebrated actress/teacher and Oscar nominated mother to Jessica Lange in 'Frances' of the same year) proclaimed, "the titanic portrayal of her generation."

No matter what your initial feelings about this film, I encourage you to go back and take in Streep's dark dance of loss, madness and, finally, sorrowful redemption.


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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English | Polish | German | French | Russian

Release Date:

4 March 1983 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$12,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$202,131, 12 December 1982

Gross USA:

$30,036,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,036,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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